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Miyazaki's The Wind Rises Wins Online, Chicago, Toronto Critics' Awards

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Hayao Miyazaki's final film to open in English in February with stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emily Blunt

The Chicago Film Critics Association (CFCA) announced on Tuesday that The Wind Rises, the 11th and final feature film from Studio Ghibli co-founder Hayao Miyazaki, won the Best Animated Feature award on Monday evening. The film had also been nominated for Best Foreign-Language Film, but lost to The Act of Killing. From Up On Poppy Hill had also been nominated for Best Animated Feature.

Additionally, the Online Film Critics Society and the Toronto Film Critics Association both awarded The Wind Rises with a Best Animated Feature award on Monday. Spirited Away had won the same award by the Online Film Critics Society in 2003.

The Wind Rises centers on Jirō Horikoshi (played by Evangelion director Hideaki Anno), the designer of Japan's famed Mitsubishi A6M Zero fighter plane of World War II. Miyazaki incorporated story elements inspired by Tatsuo Hori, the author of an earlier novel titled Kaze Tachinu.

Disney will release the film in North America, and Studio Ghibli International produced the English-language dub starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Emily Blunt with producer Frank Marshall (From Up On Poppy Hill, The Secret World of Arrietty, Ponyo). The film played in New York and Los Angeles last month, and it will open across the United States in February.

The Wind Rises has been nominated for a Golden Globe award, and has also been submitted for an Oscar nomination. Composer Joe Hisaishi has also made the shortlist for Best Original Score Oscar nomination. The film was nominated for the Asia Pacific Screen Awards but did not win, and has been nominated for an Annie Award and a Satellite Award.

The Wind Rises has also recently won the Best Animated Film Award from the New York Film Critics Circle, The National Board of Review, The Boston Society of Film Critics, and the San Diego Film Critics Society, and was the runner-up in The Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards' Best Animation category. The Broadcast Film Critics Association has also nominated the film for Best Animated Feature.

Source: animeanime.jp

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